Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Game 4: Argyle 75, Northville 65

GLENS FALLS - Kobe Lufkin now stands on top of Section 2's all-time scoring leaderboard after his 30+ point effort leads the Argyle Scots in their 75-65 win over the Northville Falcons Tuesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The scoring mark, once held by Lake George's Joel Wincowski, was surpassed without fanfare in the fourth quarter, as Lufkin unloaded a deep three to add to the Scots lead.  Lufkin finished with 34 points, 24 of which came in the 2nd half.

Northville's Reidell brothers, Nate and Danny, scored early and often, as the Falcons jumped out to a 12-2 early lead.  Scoring 21 of Northville's 31 first-half points, the Reidell brothers had all four of Northville's 1st half three pointers.  Michael Kalkbrenner contributed with 10 points for the Falcons.

Scoring became hard for the Falcons in the 2nd half, with all but four of their 3rd quarter points coming from the free throw line.  Many of their field goals in the 4th quarter came after Argyle had built a solid lead.

An Adirondack League rematch is next for the Argyle Scots, as they will play the Fort Ann Cardinals in the Class D Championship on Friday night, 6PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center.   The Cardinals are 2-0 against the Scots this year, winning the regular season match 88-58, then winning the Adirondack League playoff semifinals match 61-59 on Valentine's Day.

Championship Week - Day #2

Welcome to Championship Week - Day #2.

Tonight, the second Class D semifinal and the two Class AA semifinals are played here at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  We would of provided a preview of the games, but we, like much of the east coast, were impacted by the rough internet.

So, here's the schedule:

Class D Semifinal:
Argyle vs. Northville - 5:00pm

Class AA Semifinals:
LaSalle vs. Bethlehem - 6:30pm
Schenectady vs. Colonie - 8:00pm

All games at the Glens Falls Civic Center

Monday, February 27, 2017

Game 3: Glens Falls 77, Ichabod Crane 55

The Glens Falls Indians pulled away in the second half on the offensive strength of Joe Girard III, advancing to Friday's Sectional Championship game with their 77-55 win over the Ichabod Crane Riders on Monday night. 

The Riders started off warm, getting 10 points from Peter Volkmann in the first quarter to build a 19-16 lead.  They were able to build on their lead, getting the Indians into foul trouble early in the 2nd Quarter, to extend their lead to 8 halfway through the quarter.

The Indians went to the locker room down by three, getting a late 3-pointer from Joe Girard III to tighten the gap.

But the second half was all Glens Falls.  Joe Girard III tied the game on the first possession of the third quarter, scoring from deep.  A Greyson Brady dunk gave Glens Falls the lead, and Girard III added to the lead with another 3 to complete a 7-0 run.

Girard bucketed 17 points for the Indians in the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Riders 11 points in that frame.  the Indians would pull further away in the 4th quarter to punch their ticket in Friday's Class B Championship game against Mekeel Christian Academy.  

Joe Girard III scored 28 of his 42 points in the 2nd half, getting help from Tony Green's 17 points.  Peter Volkmann led the Riders with 21 points in the losing effort.

Game 2: Mekeel Christian Academy 55, Voorheesville 51

Deonte Holder scored 22 points as the Mekeel Christian Academy Lions narrowly escaped the clutches of the Voorheesville Blackbirds, getting a key three pointer from Holder late to pull away to the 55-51 win in the Class B Sectional Semifinal Monday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The first half was a series of runs for both teams, as Voorheesville scored the first four points of the game, only to see Mekeel Christian Academy answer back with a 9-0 run before Sean Nolan broke it up with a 3 pointer.  In the second quarter, Voorheesville had a 4 point lead before Carter Stewart was fouled on a three point shot on the baseline.  Stewart would make all three, to pull the Lions to within one.

His next trip to the charity stripe would give the Lions a brief lead, but not before Sean Nolan took over for the Blackbirds to return the advantage in their favor at the half.

The game remained close through the third and fourth quarters, ultimately coming down to Deonte Holder's 3 pointer with 1:09 left to build the Lions lead to 6.  Despite a full-court pressure that led to a turnover to draw the Blackbirds within 2, Voorheesville was unable to catch back up, giving the Lions the berth in Friday night's Class B Championship.

In addition to Holder's 22 points, Carter Stewart contributed 16 points in the effort, and Jordon Jackson scored 11 points for the Lions. 

Sean Nolan led the Blackbirds with 18 points, but was left scoreless in the 4th quarter.  Ryan Daly scored 11 points and Matt Bernhard added 10 in the losing effort.

The Lions now play in Friday night's Class B Championship against the winner of the Ichabod Crane/Glens Falls game, to be played at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Game 1: Fort Ann 56, St. Johnsville 42

The Cardinals had scares in the 3rd and 4th quarters, but finally pulled away in the final 3 minutes to secure a spot in Friday night's Class D Sectional Championship with a 56-42 win over the Wolfpack of Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The Cardinals saw even scoring from Tyler Mattison, Luke Loso and Jeremy Johnson, as the trio combined for 45 of the Cardinals 56 points.  Loso scored 12 of his 14 points from behind the arch.

The Wolfpack closed the gap to be within 5 points during the 3rd Quarter, and to within 8 points in the 4th Quarter with over 4 minutes to play, but the Cardinals took firm control thanks to a couple of key Wolfpack turnovers, including a lane violation during a second free throw that gave the Cardinals back the ball. 

AJ Hayes scored 18 points and Devyn Jones added 15 points in the losing effort for the Wolfpack.

Fort Ann advances to face the winner of Tuesday night's Northville/Argyle semfinal, which will be played at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday, March 3rd at 6PM. 

Championship Week - Day #1 Preview

Monday's Games:
Class D Semifinal:
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville vs. Fort Ann - 5:00PM

Class B Semifinals:
Voorheesville vs. Mekeel Christian Academy - 6:30PM
Ichabod Crane vs. Glens Falls - 8:00pm

All games at the Glens Falls Civic Center

Class D Semis: Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville Wolfpack vs. Fort Ann Cardinals
Monday, February 27th, 2017 - 5:00PM at Glens Falls Civic Center

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville: AJ Hayes and Devyn Jones has been the 1-2 punch for the Wolfpack in 2016-17, scoring 46 points in their 69-58 win over the Whitehall Railroaders in the Quarterfinals in Stillwater.  Tyler Leon scored 15 points in the effort.  Jones can be shut down, as was the case in the Wolfpack's latest two loses to Schoharie and Mayfield when he was held to under 10 points.  OESJ's path to the Civic Center has run through the Adirondack League, beating Salem and Whitehall, but will need to shut down the league's top Class D team if they're going to make it to the championship.

Fort Ann: The Cardinals's lone blemish on their record comes at the hand of the Granville Golden Horde, the #1 seed in Class C.  The Adirondack League champions are backed by the offensive magic of Tyler Mattison and Jeremy Johnson, but those two cannot be the only guys contained.  Garret Bailey, the team's #3 scorer, has a presence behind the arch, scoring 40% of his seasonal output from there.  He tied Tyler Mattison for top scorer in the Cardinals semifinal win over Fort Edward, scoring 15 of his 22 points behind the arch.

PREDICTION: The Fort Ann defense will contain Devyn Jones.  Hayes will still put up 25 points, but behind the work of Mattison, Bailey and Johnson, the Cardinals will advance to play in the championship game.  Fort Ann 71, OESJ 58

Class B Semis: Voorheesville Blackbirds vs. Mekeel Christian Academy Lions
Monday, February 27th, 2017 - 6:30PM at Glens Falls Civic Center

Voorheesville: Both Sean Nolan and Matt Bernhard have worked hard to put the Blackbirds where they are -- one step closer to a Class B Title.  Teams don't want to foul Bernhard.  He's 91% from the free throw line, and Nolan's 74% is still pretty deadly.  But it was P.J. Parker who led the way in the Blackbirds overtime win over Broadalbin-Perth at Shenendehowa in the Quarterfinals, scoring 21 points.  The Blackbirds can be very defensive, holding three opponents to under 40 points this season.

Mekeel Christian Academy: A perennial power, the Lions are a force to be reckoned with, scoring 90 or more points three times this season, and even topping over the century mark in a lopsided 107-55 win over Bishop Gibbons earlier this month.  And while some of this can be at the hands of them playing in the Western Athletic Conference, you cannot overlook some of their non-conference games.  A win over Class A Amsterdam, who won the Foothills Council South Division before losing the Glens Falls in the championship, and a win over Class AA's Green Tech, who narrowly pulled off the upset over top seeded Colonie on Saturday, shows the Lions have some talent.  Four players over 10 points per game, led by over 20 points per game scorer Deonte Holder, will cause fits for even the better defenses in Section 2.

PREDICTION: Mekeel Christian Academy's offense may be too strong for the Blackbirds to handle.  Given the caliber of opponents the Lions have faced outside of the WAC, the Lions have been tested well this season and have earned their 20-0 record.  Mekeel Christian Academy 88, Voorheesville 46

Class B Semis: Ichabod Crane Riders vs. Glens Falls Indians
Monday, February 27th, 2017 - 8:00PM at Glens Falls Civic Center

Ichabod Crane: Peter Volkmann scored nearly half of the Riders 60 points, bucketing 29 points in the Riders 60-53 win over Hudson in the Quarterfinals.  But he's not the primary focus.  He's joined by Joe Werner, whose inside play has been causing teams issue all season long at over 15 points per game.  Austin Valliere is a complimentary scorer, at over 10 points per game.  The Riders already have one win over a Foothills Council opponent, beating Schuylerville in the first round last Tuesday.

Glens Falls: Tony Green has nearly 15 points per game, and for most cases, teams would be worried already.  But you throw Section 2's leading scorer, and a serious threat for Joel Wincowski's all-time Section 2 mark in the name of Joe Girard III, and you have a recipe for trouble.  Girard has nearly 800 points this season, almost 200 from the charity stripe, and over 300 coming from behind the arch.  Inside, outside, all around, Joe Girard III can be trouble for opposing defenses.

PREDICTION: Good players are going to score no matter whose hand is in their face.  That's the case with Joe Girard III.  You just have to hope you have an offensive threat who can go toe-to-toe with him.  Unfortunately, Ichabod Crane doesn't have such a player who can score no matter what the opposition brings.  Glens Falls 83, Ichabod Crane 61

Friday, February 24, 2017

Championship Week @ Glens Falls

We've been very quiet over the past four months since our last High School Football broadcast, but next week, we're going to be back covering high school sports here in the North Country.

All next week, we're going to be at the Glens Falls Civic Center as Championship Week comes loaded with 15 exciting High School Basketball games.  Unfortunately, there will be no on-air broadcast, but we will be there covering all 15 games here on our newly rebranded blog as well as on our Twitter (@FOXSports979).

It's going to be a busy week.  Might need a sanity break come 9:30PM Saturday night when the Class AA trophy is handed out.  But we're committed to reestablishing ourselves as the North Country's Sports Leader.

So be sure to follow the blog and follow us on Twitter for the most complete coverage of Championship Week next week at the Glens Falls Civic Center.